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Cathy Cornell

Cathy Cornell

Board of Directors, Meditation Teacher

Cathy Cornell is a licensed clinical social worker, currently serving as the clinical director of the Canopy Center’s Oasis program which provides treatment and support to children who have been sexually abused and their families in Madison, WI. Cathy has served on the Board of Directors of Christians for Peace in El Salvador on since 1988. A longtime Buddhist practitioner, she seeks to integrate contemplative practices into her social activism and into her healing work with others, especially with those who suffer from traumatic experiences. Cathy teaches innate compassion meditation practices to social service providers and social activists to help them prevent vicarious trauma or burnout as a teacher with the Foundation for Active Compassion.

Paul Knitter

Paul Knitter

Meditation Teacher

What has been most inspiring for me is to see how the practice speaks to the experience and to the needs of others. Witnessing how it can make such a difference in the lives of others confirms that same potential in my own life. My trust in the practice is strengthened by its effectiveness for others.

I had known John Makransky as a colleague and friend in the academy of professors of religion/theology. It was only when my wife Cathy Cornell met John when accompanying me to an meeting of the Society of Buddhist-Christian Studies, and after she subsequently began to practice with him, and then invited me to join her that I experienced the power of these practices and how much they spoke to me and to my beliefs and questions as a Christian.

The principal way I share them is in the little sangha that we have formed here in Madison and that meets twice a month at our home. But I also share them in my ministry at my ecumenical Catholic parish when I draw on our Buddhist teachings and practice to inform my sermons and my efforts to understanding the teachings of the New Testament.